Lady Jr. Cyclones clip Happy Valley

from staff reports


   The T.A. Dugger and Happy Valley softball teams squared off in a season opener on Thursday, and both clubs showed promise for the rest of the year.
   Combining 10 hits with solid play from the mound and in the field, the Lady Junior Cyclones were able to walk away from Happy Valley's home field with a 4-3 victory.
   The game was cut short by rain, ending with one out in the bottom of the fifth. Two five-inning contests were on the schedule, and the back end of the doubleheader could be played next week.
   T.A. Dugger scored single runs in the first, third, fourth and fifth innings, with the final run breaking a 3-3 tie, to make a winner out of pitcher Mary Edgar, who struck out seven, walked four and surrendered just two hits in 4 1/3 innings of work.
   Edgar fanned four of the first six batters she faced, and her only rough spot came in the form three-run HV fourth as she struggled finding the strike zone with a wet ball.
   Edgar, Mikael Oliver and Leah Henson banged out two hits apiece for the Lady Cyclones, who finished with no strikeouts at the plate and totaled only one error.
   Sam Canter and O'Quinn each had a base hit for the Lady Junior Warriors, and Canter played a strong game at second base. Happy Valley held its number of errors to two.
   "We made some baserunning mistakes, but we can work that out," said TAD head coach Harry Farthing. "We hit the ball well and Edgar pitched a good game, except for the one inning.
   "For the first game I thought we played well and they played well. I think both teams can take some positives from this first game. We usually don't hit the ball well early. I'm pleased with how we hit."